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Zambia

June 29, 2013 to July 10, 2013

Looking for an adventure? Join an exciting Global Village trip to Lusaka, Zambia! You will work alongside a local family to help provide hope for their future, all while experiencing African culture and food. No construction experience is necessary—all you need is flexibility and a desire to make a real difference!

 

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A woman stands in front of her family’s new house in Lusaka, Zambia.
Zambia country profile

   

About Zambia
Zambia is a southeastern African nation with highlands, western plains, swamps and semi-arid deserts. Lusaka, the capital and largest city, is one of Africa’s fastest-growing cities. It is a commercial and government center.

Habitat for Humanity Zambia 
Habitat for Humanity Zambia (HFHZ) opened its doors in 1984 when it started building houses for fishing families on Kabuyu Island. From these small beginnings, HFHZ has built more than 1,700 houses, expanded into six of the country’s nine provinces, and facilitated multiple development initiatives, especially in the Chanyanya community.

Types of construction for volunteers
HFHZ builds in both rural and semi-urban areas. The average house size is 35 sq. meters (about 300 sq. ft.). Because Habitat uses regionally appropriate technology, most of the program’s rural houses are built with burnt bricks and corrugated-iron roofing sheets. The houses are simple but high quality, with separate sleeping, cooking and living areas. The design is such that homeowners have the option of extending the house in the future.

Standard itinerary 
(13-day itinerary) 
Saturday, June 29 (Day 1): Arrival in Lusaka; greeted at airport by HFH Zambia staff; transport to hotel; dinner and overnight in Lusaka.
Sunday, June 30 (Day 2): Orientation with host staff; grocery shopping; travel to host project.
Monday, July 1-Friday, July 5 (Days 3-7): Breakfast served before traveling to work site; work from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. with lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; dinner; time for team activities.
Saturday, July 6 (Day 8): Half day work on build site; visit market, orphanage, etc. Cultural experiences in the community.
Sunday, July 7 (Day 9): Cultural activities.
Monday, July 8 (Day 10): Breakfast served before traveling to work site; work from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. with lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; dinner; time for team activities.
Tuesday, July 9 (Day 11): Work from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.; farewell celebration and lunch; travel back to Lusaka; dinner and overnight.
Wednesday, July 10 (Day 12): Breakfast at hotel; depart for home.

Accommodations
Teams stay in a modest hotel. Rooms are double occupancy with a full bathroom (shower and toilet) and electricity.

Program cost
US$2,460
For more details about what is included in this cost, see Global Village program cost.

Build a better world: Take the Global Village Challenge
Habitat for Humanity International is challenging Global Village volunteers to make an even greater impact on the global issue of poverty housing. We are asking all GV teams to help us raise an additional $1.1 million in the coming year to support Habitat’s building projects worldwide. Take up the challenge! Join us in sharing our story and building a better world!

Team leader
Jackie Clawson will be the fearless leader for this trip. She is a former music teacher currently working in housing and student activities in higher education. Jackie has participated in Habitat trips to New Zealand, Macedonia and Texas as well as traveled to 13 countries and 41 states. She is looking for team members who are adventurous and share her passion for giving back all while making new friends and experiencing a new culture.

For more information, contact Jackie at jackieclawson@yahoo.com.


To apply for a GV trip, please follow the Application Instructions.

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